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Alfred Crout HARMER

(1825-1900)

HARMER, Alfred Crout, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Germantown, Pa., August 8, 1825; attended the public schools and Germantown Academy; commenced business as a shoe manufacturer; was a wholesale dealer until 1860; identified with railroad enterprises, shipping, and the wholesale coal business; member of the city council of Philadelphia 1856-1860; recorder of deeds for Philadelphia 1860-1863; elected as a Republican to the Forty-second and Forty-third Congresses (March 4, 1871-March 3, 1875); was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1874 to the Forty-fourth Congress; elected to the Forty-fifth and to the eleven succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1877, until his death in Germantown, Philadelphia, Pa., on March 6, 1900; interment in West Laurel Hill Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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